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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Where is the Authority enclave located?
2. What does Avery say the Tinkers would need to create their own bobbles?
3. What does Della do while she is out on a walk with Mike?
4. What does Wili do as part of his plan to help the hostages from the chess tournament?
5. Why does Wili not tell Paul about his suspicions about Mike and Della?
Short Essay Questions
1. What fears do Mike and Allison express when the group returns to Paul's home?
2. What important bobbles does Paul say are due to collapse soon?
3. How does Mike feel about losing Jeremy inside the bobble at the bioscience lab?
4. Why does Mike contact Della, and what information is exchanged?
5. Why does Paul decide to embobble himself?
6. Why does Wili lose contact with Jill during the final approach to the embobbling position?
7. How are Paul and the others able to travel to the Authority enclave in secret?
8. How does Wili manipulate the Authority's communication system for the Tinker's advantage?
9. How does Mike betray Della?
10. Why does Kaladze say Wili should trust Mike?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The Tinkers are a wide spread and loosely organized group that reveres Paul and his work. Although they suffer a significant blow during the events after the chess tournament, their actions as a group drive the plot of the second half of the novel.
1) Describe the Tinkers as a group, their organization, resources, philosophy, and goals.
2) Describe the relationship between the Authority and the Tinkers and discuss the reasons this relationship becomes stressed to the point of war.
3) Discuss some of the major aids that the Tinkers are able to provide to the average people of this setting, and describe the general attitude of those people towards the Tinkers.
Essay Topic 2
The bobbles are a defining element of the setting, and all the major events of the novel and of the history leading up to it are shaped by them. They represent a kind of super-weapon, superseding nuclear weapons, and allowing the Peace Authority to control much of the world.
1) Explain what a bobble is, how it is created and destroyed, and what its characteristics are.
2) Describe some uses for bobbles that are seen in the novel.
3) Explain how the Authority is able to control most of the world through their use of bobbles.
4) Discuss the impact that Paul and Wili's rogue bobble-generator has on the world and its political balance.
Essay Topic 3
Jill is a computer program created by Paul for both practical and sentimental reasons. At the height of the final battle between the Tinkers and the Authority, she allows Wili to escape while sentencing herself to almost certain capture and destruction.
1) Discuss the reasons Paul had for creating Jill. Describe her sentimental importance to Paul, and the functional role she fulfills.
2) Explain some of the behaviors Jill exhibits which suggest she has become more than a simple program. Additionally, discuss the reactions other characters have to these behaviors.
3) After Jill sends Wili away to complete the embobbling program herself, the other characters discuss whether or not she was fully sentient and whether her actions constituted a sacrifice. Cite evidence from the book and speculate as to whether Jill was independently intelligent, whether she had real emotions, and whether her destruction constitutes a real sacrifice.
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